So apparently Swiss farmers will no longer be able to feed cannabis to their cows. Bummer.
There’s a great feature in the latest New Agriculturist on urban horticulture, with stories ranging from growing food in buckets in Lima to grafting tomatoes on eggplant roots in Vietnam to producing jasmine in the Philippines.
Via Timbuktu Chronicles, a great description – with photos – of how they make millet beer in Mali.
Brazil has new procedures in place (called Sisbio) to issue licences to collect biodiversity for teaching and research, according to an article on SciDevNet. They are supposed to make the whole access system much easier to navigate. And faster: what used to take up to two years should now take 45 days at most. This bit struck me in particular:
Scientists will eventually be able to use Sisbio to access satellite images of potential research areas and gauge research activity in areas so they can better plan their research.
The Drum Beat is “a weekly electronic publication exploring initiatives, ideas and trends in communication for development.” This week’s edition focuses on indigenous knowledge and has lots of good stuff, including for example information on an online database of Tibetan folk medicines.